Bus Drivers Protest Killing Of Colleague By Police, As Wike Promises Justice
Civil Society Set Up Extra Judicial Killing Task Force In Edo
Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike has said that the police officer, who killed a commercial bus driver in Port Harcourt would be brought to justice.
In a statement, yesterday, signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the governor, Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike, addressing protesters at Mile 4 Market Junction, was quoted as saying that the days of impunity were over in the state.
Angry commercial bus drivers had blocked major roads in the city since Friday, in protest of the killing of their colleague in circumstances they described as “unacceptable.”
The deceased bus driver, identified as 37-year-old David Legbaraa, was said to have been shot dead on Friday at about 12.20 p.m. at Whimpy Junction, along Ikwerre Road, by Sgt. James Imhalu, who was on a stop and search duty.
Wike pleaded with the protesters to leave the roads and allow normalcy to return, saying that their dead colleague would not die in vain. He noted: “I have just placed a call to the Commissioner of Police and I am assuring you that the policeman who killed this unarmed citizen will face justice.
Do not take the laws into your hands go home and allow me take the necessary action to ensure that justice is done “ Meanwhile, worried by the frequency of extra judicial killings in the Edo state and other parts of the country, civil society groups, yesterday, agreed to set up a task force to tackle the menace and charged the state to set up a Public Defenders Agency.
The Executive Director, African Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) Reverend David Ugolor, made these suggestions when he hosted leaders and members of the Network of Civil Societies of Nigeria (NOCSON).